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11th July 2024

Is equity release a good idea for you?

Curious about unlocking the wealth tied up in your home? Wilson Browne solicitors can guide you through the complexities of equity release. Learn about the benefits, drawbacks and important regulations to see if this option is right for your future. Eager to unlock wealth that’s built up in your property, but unsure whether it’s a good idea for you and your family? With equity release, it’s essential you have a clear understanding of the potential benefits and pitfalls of your chosen scheme. Fortunately, equity-release schemes have high levels of safeguarding in place and must follow a strict code of conduct..

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11th July 2024

Six reasons why you may need a Cohabitation agreement

Moving in together is an important and exciting step in a relationship. Whether you are renting or buying a place together, it is a commitment that is financial as well as emotional. Unlike almost any other financial commitment, cohabiting is one that you are able to do without any formal agreement. ‘While the absence of formality has its attractions, it is important to note that the lack of legal clarity and protection can be problematic for a couple if a dispute should arise in the future,’ says Connor Williams in the family law team with Borneo Martell Turner Coulston. ‘When..

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11th July 2024

Live music in Northampton this July

Just three shows for you this month under the SBD banner, but they are all goodies, starting with Darnell Cole & The Vibe (July 19). Southern California based, he has earned his touring legs travelling the world with artists including Walter Trout and Iron Butterfly. The self-styled independent Blues King released his debut long-player, A Man of Soul late last year, and is following that by touring hard to share the sounds, continuing his mission to spread the gospel of rock, soul and positivity. His Northampton return follows a particularly memorable debut in our town. This time, as then, he..

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11th July 2024

The Aliens are coming…

Aliens will invade The Black Prince on July 12, when the original 70s punk players rock up to play their recent album, Nothing Much to Lose in its entirety. The Aliens, from that far flung place called Wellingborough, came, conquered and disappeared soon thereafter, having made an impact on the local scene for their retro, sci-fi and rowdy punk. That album we just mentioned has taken a whopping 45 years to materialise, and last for just 33 minutes – the band say it means they don’t overstay their welcome. ‘Typical of the genre in which they operate, you won’t find..

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11th July 2024

Lamport Hall supplies the sunshine

Summer events at Lamport always feel particularly special with the gardens a riot of colour and the sun (mostly!) shining. This year’s outdoor theatre is being performed by Boxtree Productions and will be a family-friendly performance of Wind in the Willows on Friday 12 July. Order a picnic and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the Walled Garden on a summer’s evening. The Tame Valley Stompers Allstars return for another year on Sunday 14 July. This always feels like a quintessential day out so gather a group of friends and family, bring some strawberries and soak up the sounds of traditional..

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11th July 2024

Hello Summer Sounds

He’s a Rascal and he’s heading our way! Dizzee will be gracing the grounds of Delapré Abbey (August 9). The super successful MC and rapper is a grime pioneer who has spent the past two decades chart-bothering and shaking up the scene – his first elpee, Boy in da Corner took the prestigious Mercury Award. Earlier this year, he unleashed the essential Don’t Take It Personal LP, which reaffirmed him as a genre leader, with another victory lap on what is one of rap music’s defining legacies. A day later (August 10) and Summertime Live returns to the venue with..

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11th July 2024

Hello Flowers

Northampton is beginning to bloom... Around 500 beautiful hanging baskets and planters are now installed in Northampton town centre and the surrounding wards, bringing a splash of summer colour to the urban streets. This annual planting scheme, known as ‘Northampton in Bloom’, is coordinated by Northampton Town Council and includes community-led and sustainable planting initiatives, such as using peat-free compost and perennial flowers, which will grow back year after year. The council’s Climate Change Forum has led the way on introducing these sustainable planters, selecting plants not only for their sustainability, but also for their biodiversity value in attracting bees..

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11th July 2024

Hello Giggles

LOL this summer... The Comedy Crate has been stacked over the past few weeks with a veritable feast of cracking nights, and the funny times keep on rolling through to the end of July with much still to enjoy. Scott Bennett and Sara Barron visit The Lamplighter (July 8) and Scott’s turn in the spotlight, Blood Sugar Baby, tells the amazing true story of how his infant daughter fell ill with a rare genetic condition. It mightn’t sound very funny, but Scott has managed to make it so – and it comes with a happy ending. The blurb goes like..

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11th July 2024

Something to ‘tipple’ your fancy

If, like us, you love a little gin tipple, your palate will no doubt have met with Warner’s Gin before now. The distillery, which is all about quality and contemporary twists on traditional flavour, is set in the rolling hills of Northamptonshire on an estate dating back to the 13th century. Its super spirits utilise the elderflower, angelica, verbena and lavender grown on the farm. The team behind the winning liquor are offering tours of the distillery, which gives you unrivalled access, taking you through the art of gin-making, from those beautiful botanicals to the sustainable practices they employ, showing..

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11th July 2024

Hello Dancing Queens

Chester House Estate is getting into gear in anticipation of its Classic Car & Bike Show (July 13). If you love nostalgia and beautiful bodywork, this is the event for you with automotive elegance at its best. From vintage motors to timeless motorcycles, the show will be an opportunity to learn about the craftsmanship, innovation and golden era of motoring. Live entertainment and a selection of food vendors will also be present. ABBA fans will be able to delight in the music of the Swedish superstars when the 21st Century ABBA Tribute arrives (July 14). You know the soundtrack to..

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11th July 2024

Hello Foodies

Go take a bite... Bite Street Northampton has lip-licking events offering fabulous eats, liquid treats and cool beats throughout the summer. The brand will cater for you at The County Cricket Ground (July 26-28), with the promise of epic vendors, house cocktails, foaming beer, good wine and great vibes. Meet the acquaintance of Tapas Zampa, The Patty Freaks, Gyro Guys, and vegan donut deliverers, Flats Doughnuts. The bar will be serving up Budvar, Brooklyn Pilsner, Brooklyn Defender, Punk IPA, Prosecco van, cocktails, cider, Warner’s gin and vegan wine. Cheers to that. There are further chances to tickle those tastebuds at..

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11th July 2024

Hello Farm Fun

Get grooving on the farm... Forget term time, it’s farm time for guaranteed school holiday fun, and Mead Open Farm in Billington has got plenty to keep the kids happy. Shaggy’s Summer Spectacular launches on July 20 and runs through to September 1. Visitors will be able to try Water Zorbing (suitable for ages six and over), can strut their stuff on the dance floor at the Silent Disco and foamy fun will rule with the end of the day Foam Party returning. There is plenty more, with Indoor Soft Play, Sky Trail-High Ropes, a Climbing Wall, Go Karts, Outdoor..

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11th July 2024

Hello Wicksteed

Under starter’s orders... The new Jolly Jockeys ride at Wicksteed Park has got visitors jumping for joy! The lakeside attraction allows you to hit the saddle and gallop to victory in a horse race around a circuit of twists, turns and fences. Jolly Jockeys is the latest addition to the park, and follows on from recent year additions including the Galaxy Invaders rider, the Garden Wheel and Meerkat Manor. The Park also cheers little folks with its daytime shows including Wicky Bear and friends. All the park’s rides and attractions will be open each weekend and throughout the summer holidays,..

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11th July 2024

Hello Delapré

Delapré Abbey invites you to step back in time for the Battle of Northampton Day (July 14) with tours of the battlefield, and you can learn about the pivotal moments from the 1460 clash and have the opportunity to engage with reenactors who will bring the era to vivid life. You can even attend a medieval hawking show in the Walled Garden, a must-see display of medieval hunting birds in action. On July 21, it will be canines, not birds that fill the space, with Delapré’s inaugural Doggy Dawdle – you get to walk, jog or run with your pooch..

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11th July 2024

Hello Balloons

Up, up and away! The Northampton Balloon Festival is back at the town’s Racecourse (August 16-18) and ready to delight thousands at the family spectacle. Enjoy lots of live arena entertainment; a circus workshop will wow, a funfair will thrill and there will be plenty of trade stalls to investigate. Wonder at the majesty of the birds of prey, and plenty of food and drink stalls are set to keep your energy levels up. At sunset, the hot air balloons will glow in a true spectacle of light, and then, when the skies have been filled with the balloons, you..

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